Ghana, Kenya, Malawi To Participate In WHO Malaria Vaccine Pilot Implementation Program Beginning In 2018

Associated Press: 3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine
“Three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death…” (Anna, 4/24).

BBC News: Malaria: Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi get first vaccine
“…The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. … The vaccine needs to be given four times — once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later. This has been achieved in tightly controlled and well-funded clinical trials, but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the ‘real-world’ where access to health care is limited…” (Gallagher, 4/21).